Clothes Moth eggs are very small (less than 1mm long) and not clearly visible in the environment where they are laid. The female will lay several hundred during her lifetime. The eggs are laid in such places where the hatched larvae would be able to find food immediately available. The eggs are laid laced with a glue-like substance and can be quite difficult to remove. In time, each larva will eventually spin a cocoon in which it will pupate and molt into an adult Clothes Moth.
This image shows Larvae of Clothes Moth.
This Caterpillar is feeding on fibers.
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The moths prefer to lay eggs in articles that are not clean and may contain human and pet fluids and other elements such as hair. When these fibers are consumed, the larvae would get necessary moisture alongwith the nutrients.
The Adult Clothes Moth do not consume any materials. They only live to find mate. Produce and lay eggs. And die off.
Stuff that these Pests feed on:
The range of recorded foodstuffs includes cotton, linen, silk and wool fabrics as well as furs; furthermore they have been found on shed feathers and hair, bran, semolina and flour (possibly preferring wheat flour), biscuits, casein, and insect specimens in museums.
Both adults and larvae prefer low light conditions. Usually, if larvae finds itself in a well-lit room, it will try to relocate under furniture, carpet edges or baseboards. Also, there may be desirable debris near the baseboards.
It is the larvae which are solely responsible for this, and which spend their entire time eating and foraging for food.
The client is requested to wash or dry clean any articles that may been affected by the larvae feeding. Then empty out such storage areas such as closet sheves, drawers, etc.
We will treat infested areas such as the baseboards, the crack and cevices in closet shelves and other furniture.It would take about 3 - 5 weeks for the Clothes Moths to die off. Also, just after hatching the larvae would be coming into contact with treated surfaces and would die off in time.